Fort Marcy Artillery
Civil War
Partner Event

All Fortified Along the Potomac: Fort Ethan Allen to Fort Marcy Hike

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National Park Service
March 7, 2020
Madison Community Center Parking
3829 N Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22207

Join historians from the National Park Service (NPS) and Arlington County Parks and Recreation for a special joint-hike from Northern Virginia to Southwest Washington D.C.: Fort Ethan Allen to Fort Marcy (NPS).

The guided-hike will take visitors from Fort Ethan Allen to Chain Bridge, bisecting the Potomac River, to Fort Marcy on the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The 2.5 hour hike will begin at the Madison Community Center parking lot. NPS staff from Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW) and George Washington Memorial Parkway, and Historian John McNair of Arlington County Parks and Recreation will lead visitors on an in-depth fort tour, beginning at the remnants of Fort Ethan Allen. From there, visitors will move on paved sidewalks toward Chain Bridge. After departing the bridge, visitors will take a dirt trail along Pimmit Run stream toward Fort Marcy.

CAUTION: In order to reach the other bank toward Fort Marcy, visitors must cross the stream on rocks, which can be slippery--there is no bridge to cross. Depending on the depth of the stream, visitors may get wet their feet wet crossing Pimmit Run. Visitors advised to wear hiking boots/shoes and long pants, and bring water.

SAFETY of visitors is our number one priority. For those who cannot cross the steam, you may wait at Pimmit Run for the tour to return from Fort Marcy and then hike back to Madison Community Center with the rest of the group to end the program. The program will end with a hike from Fort Marcy back to Fort Ethan Allen.

Steve T. Phan
National Park Service
(202) 829-4650